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Brookline dentist explains how laser therapy is used to improve dental conditions

Gum disease is a frequent dental problem for patients in the Brookline area. While this condition is common, it can be serious if not addressed. Dr. Stan Kovtun of Alpha Plus Dental Center in Brookline, MA, has helped countless patients address various stages of gum disease. He uses several effective treatment methods, including advanced laser therapy.

About gum disease

Many patients have symptoms of gum disease, such as swollen or bleeding gums. However, individuals often believe that the symptoms are caused by aggressive brushing or something they ate. This early stage of gum disease, known as gingivitis, occurs when the infection is just beginning. If gingivitis is not stopped, it can progress to periodontitis, which can cause the breakdown of gum tissue and weakened support for the teeth.

Gum disease prevention

The best way to treat gum disease is to prevent it from occurring the first place. Gum disease can be prevented with proper brushing and flossing and regular dental visits. These habits ensure that food particles are removed from the teeth before they get caught under the gum line and become infected.

Gum disease treatment

However, even with good habits, gum disease can occur. When identified early, gingivitis can be reversed with better at home hygiene and a deep cleaning at the dentist’s office. At this stage, a dental hygienist can use professional tools to remove built up plaque and tartar that irritate the gums and lead to more advanced progression of gum disease.

Once gum disease advances to periodontitis, it will require more treatment. This may include medication, surgery, or laser treatment. Dental surgery for gum disease involves making a small incision in the the gums, cleaning the infection, and then suturing the gums tightly back into place to prevent the infection from returning.

Gum disease should not be taken lightly. If your gums hurt or you notice blood when you brush, call Dr. Kovtun’s office today at (617) 274-8494.

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Dr. Stan Kovtun DMD

A graduate of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (with honors), Dr. Stan Kovtun is among the select few mercury-safe and biological dentists in Brookline, MA. With expertise in general, preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry, as well as periodontal disease procedures, Dr. Kovtun is committed to patient education and comprehensive treatment plans. So, patients keep their teeth for life.

Patients benefit from Dr. Kovtun's focus on long-term relationships, continuing education, and investments in lasers, digital imaging, ozone, and other technologies.


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I recommend alpha plus they will work with you when it comes to your teeth. They are very good with all their clients will make sure you are satisfied with the service. If you are on a budget they will try to make easy for you as best as they can. I been coming here since 2013 have not had one problem. Read More
Monica K.
I drive over an hour from Cape Cod for all my dental work because Dr. Kovtun is one of the few Biological dentists around. Not only is he a master at dentistry but he offers a healthier holistic approach to oral health that is so important to me. Often times, conventional dentists overlook at the importance or how oral health effects the entire body. He and his staff are super nice and I'm glad I found them!! Read More
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Have been a patient here for quite a while now. It was hard to find a dentist that I trusted in the area, but I've really enjoyed this practice. They tend to be conservative with their assessment, which I really value - no unnecessary treatments, and my teeth feel and look great. Read More
Monica O.
Dr. Kovtun is great. I chipped my 7-year molar, and he was able to fit me in the very next morning! He safely, quickly, and painlessly removed my old amalgam filling and prepped my tooth with a temporary fix while I wait for a beautiful new permanent one. He is knowledgeable, informative, and accomodating. The staff is super-competent and friendly. I will definitely be scheduling other dental procedures here. Excellent, excellent, excellent!! Read More
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